video: mini haul #4

I’m thinking of calling these “haulettes”. What d’you think? I don’t film many of these, because minimalism, but I like to think of these as extended reviews for the savvy shopper.

All items are from Look Human and purchased with my own monies.

Ziggy Potter / Coffee Pun Stickers / Always Hungry Pouch

life: August goals

August

July was a highly emotional month. I went through a major life crisis and dealt with a lot of stuff that I don’t really want to talk about in a public forum (I know, vague). That is all to say that it was not as great as it could’ve been, but I tried to keep my head up all the same. It was not the most productive for writing (I only wrote on 5 days, totaling just under 5000 words for the month). I had a bit of a writer’s crisis and did some serious thinking re: current projects and long-term goals. My health could be better, but I’m still trying to figure out how to supplement for PCOS and hypothyroidism (I have a checkup in September, so I’ll get a better sense of my thyroid levels after the last year). I’ll probably film a video on my current supplements, but I want to wait a few months to measure results (hurray for the scientific method!).

So why am I going on about July when I’m supposed to be going over August goals? Because August is going to be a slow, thoughtful month for me, as far as goals are concerned. I’m keeping it simple and focusing on finishing the things I started: WIP #4, Harry Potter #4 (coincidence?), Whole30 (a proper one, not Paleo-ish modifications), and a second round of the HBSG fitness plan.

Just keep swimming.

site update re: Photobucket

So I just noticed the Photobucket mess. I use them for offsite image hosting (because WP is limited in its media space), but I refuse to pay the exorbitant fee they’re demanding to continue using their service on 3rd party sites. If I wanted to pay $399 a year, I would still be hosting my own site. I’ll try to salvage and re-link the images in recent posts over the coming days, while I find an alternative solution.

5 things I have been loving lately

5 things I have been loving lately

 

Kosas cosmetics lipstick in Rosewater

NOW Hyaluronic Acid serum

Katie Dunlop’s Hot Body Sweat Guide workouts

teapigs. Popcorn tea after lunch

The hilarious and poignant “Into the Twilightpodcast on Soundcloud, which is bringing back all the angst, feels, and trashy wonder of Twilight.

life: this world we live in

I had a video for today, but too much has happened and I just can’t bear to make light of it. My heart is breaking in so many ways. I’m scared for my future, my friends, my family, my country, and I just can’t find a way to wrap my mind around it all. There is just so much that I can’t fathom. I don’t know how we’ll get out of it and I can’t see a bright future at the end.

My truth is this:

I grew up in public housing, in a single parent home. I was poor. Public television inspired me. I ate free school lunches. I completed an undergraduate degree because of grants, and a graduate degree because of an assistantship. I completed a second grad degree because of a subsidized federal loan. I worked my ass off for a future that is at risk because someone else’s elected official(s) does not value the work I do nor the people I come from.

And then there is the threat to our peace and our environment. I just don’t have the words.

the view from Sunday: morning after and the hazy laze

I stayed out past my bedtime for the first time in a very long time. Seriously, I’m too old for this. Spent the morning finishing a chapter because I knew I would be drained by lunchtime. I was right.

True Confession time: I broke my Whole30. It’s the first time since the first time (er… words? it makes sense when you think about it), but it happened and it’s ok. Lady time struck hard and I just needed the carbs. All in moderation, but definitely the right choice. I felt better right away.

Here I am looking tired and stuffed full of rice
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I’ll get back to full Whole30 once the situation clears. For now, I need carbs. Rice and bread to be precise.

Kitty cats have lazed about and taken over, as per usual.

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In other accomplishments: did my nails (only minimal staining) and only spilled a splash of my fancy hair oil when I knocked it off the counter.

I have the clumsies.

life: project use up my stuff

I’m on a sort of “no buy”… mostly because I spent more than I should’ve during the months of November-January, but also because I have enough stuff and it needs to be used! Kind of like a “project pan” (for makeup), this is “project use it up”. There are lots of areas that I have to work on, but I’m all for manageable, small goals.

Here are four categories I want to work on:

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I’ve had the Body Shop’s Moonflower since the early days of grad school (circa 2006). They don’t make it anymore, but I’ve held on to it long enough and just need to use it.

Tokyomilk’s Honey & the Moon is a little too warm for me on most days. It’s one of those scents I should’ve sampled on my skin before adding it to my wishlist, but I do enjoy it sparingly. I’m going to try to finish this one up as well.

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I stopped buying candles recently and have made a good dent into the ones I currently own. I always go back to IKEA’s vanilla candle (it’s my happy scent). Just want to use up the scents that are a little too warm for the coming months, and stop buying candles that I don’t love.

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I have a lot of tea. More than I can drink, especially since I spend more time at work than at home during the week. I have a similar collection at work and I’ve started using that one up, so I’ll migrate some of the basics to the office once that selection dries up.

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This is really just a snapshot of the full collection. I’ve gotten better at keeping track of use by dates, but I still have more products than I need. I’ll review these again and give away whatever isn’t working, while aiming to use up the rest.